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Our Team

We strive for greater equality, diversity and inclusion in every aspect of what we do - the audiences we reach, the artistic programme we present, and in our team of staff and trustees.

Meet our dedicated and talented team who make our work possible and to learn more about our recruitment objectives, please read our Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity action plan.

If you have a general enquiry, please get in touch by phone on +44 (0)151 707 4444 or email info@fact.co.uk

Trustees

Rachel Higham

Rachel Higham

Rachel Higham, WPP CIO joined WPP in Dec 2020 to lead the creation of a new global IT organisation and lead a multi-year digital transformation programme. Over the past 25 years, Rachel has served in technology leadership and transformation roles at ABN Amro, M&S Money, HSBC, ACE Group and BT, and has worked across EMEA, ASPAC, NA and LATAM.

Rachel is passionate about building diverse teams and inclusive cultures and giving back through volunteering. She has been named as one of the top 30 Global Executives driving gender equality by HERoes, and one of the top 10 Inspirational Leaders at this year’s British LGBT awards. Rachel has served as the chair of the Board of Trustees at FACT since 2016.

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Matthew Balnaves

Born and raised on Merseyside, Matthew is passionate about the city of Liverpool and the rich cultural heritage that FACT is an integral part of.

In his current position, Matthew is the Northern Europe Trade Manager for Hilti (GB) a multi-national sales and marketing organisation in the Construction Industry. In this role, Matthew is responsible for the strategic development of the business across Northern Europe, having progressed through a number of leadership roles in his 13 year tenure primarily within Sales Management.

Matthew holds an undergraduate degree in Politics from Newcastle University and an MBA from Lancaster University, specialising in Mindful Leadership within the workplace. Matthew joined the Board of Trustees at FACT in 2019.

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Dinah Birch

Professor Dinah Birch is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Cultural Engagement and Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool. Dinah chaired REF2014 Sub-panel 29 (English Literature and Language) and was Deputy Chair of Main Panel D (Arts and Humanities), and is Chair of Main Panel D in REF 2021. Dinah’s external roles include serving as chair for: International Strategic Delivery Group of the Liverpool City Region’s Cultural Partnership, Editorial Board of The Conversation, Advisory Board of The Ruskin Library and Research Centre Lancaster University, and as President of British Association for Victorian Studies. Dinah has published widely on Victorian fiction and poetry, and on the work of the critic John Ruskin, and is a regular broadcaster and contributor to the Times Literary Supplement and London Review of Books. Dinah joined the Board of Trustees at FACT in 2016.

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Jernice Easthope

Jernice Easthope has over 10 years’ experience working internationally in broadcast television entertainment, as an established TV and documentary Producer. As an ITV TV producer, Jernice has worked on numerous productions in Entertainment including, X Factor, Britain's Got Talent, Dragons Den, Real Housewives of Cheshire amongst more. Having Liverpool close to her heart, Jernice has independently produced documentaries capturing present historical times around social economics, particularly around music and the black community. Jernice joined the Board of Trustees at FACT in 2020.

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Richard Jones

Dr Richard Jones is a Fellow of CIMA, has a Doctorate in Education, holds an MBA, and is a trained IOD Chairman. Richard works as a mentor and consultant CFO for SMEs operating in the UK and internationally. Richard has been finance lead for nearly 20 years’, extending expertise to legal, HR, strategy and operations. Having worked in several industries: healthcare, retail, FMCG, B2C/B2B, engineering, FM, manufacturing, construction services, SaaS, property, defence, rail and marketing sectors, Richard modernises boards and finance departments to best support the central aims of the organisation. Richard joined the Board of Trustees at FACT in 2020.

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Sheralee Lockhart

Sheralee Lockhart has 20 years’ experience of arts and cultural sector leadership roles. As Director of Business and Operations at Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, Sheralee’s ongoing focus is reshaping and rebuilding the organisation. Having held leadership roles in a range of arts and cultural organisations: The Science Museum Group, Opera North, Leeds Playhouse, Square Chapel Arts Centre and Z-Arts, Sheralee is committed to increasing diverse representation across the arts and removing barriers. Sheralee joined the Board of Trustees at FACT in 2019.

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Jack Tan

Jack Tan uses law, policy, social norms and customs as a medium of making art. He creates performances, sculpture and participatory projects that highlight the rules that guide human behaviour. In Jack’s social practice, he blurs the boundaries between art, governance and consultancy in order to help organisations reform and revision themselves using artistic thinking. Jack trained as a lawyer and worked in civil rights NGOs before becoming an artist. Jack’s practice-led Ph.D at Roehampton University explored legal aesthetics and performance art. He has taught sculpture at the Royal College of Art and University of Brighton, and politics at Goldsmiths. Jack is currently Board Artist-in-Residence at FACT (2021-22).

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Emlyn Williams

Emlyn Williams is a partner and employment lawyer specialising in healthcare at Weightmans. A well-respected advocate in both the Employment Tribunal and the Employment Appeals Tribunal, Emlyn specialises in all aspects of employment law, with particular interests in whistleblowing, discrimination, MHPS and TUPE. Emlyn also has a strong track-record in delivering innovative training programmes and regularly undertakes bespoke in-house training for various bodies including multinational companies, the NHS, ACAS, CIPD and other professional groups. Emlyn served as President of Liverpool Law Society (2014-2015). Emlyn joined the Board of Trustees at FACT in 2015.

Executive Team

Nicola Triscott

Chief Executive/Director

Maitreyi Maheshwari

Head of Programme

James Hammond

Head of Operations

Director's Office / HR

Christine Kinsella

Executive Assistant / HR Admin

For recruitment enquiries, please email recruitment@fact.co.uk

Programme Team

Lesley Taker

Exhibitions Manager

Mark Murphy

Technical Manager

Charlotte Horn

Senior Producer

Lewis Eyles

Film and Events Officer

Kayt Hughes

Public Programme Producer

Lucía Arias

Learning Manager

Neil Winterburn

Learning Technologist

Carlos Marfil

Learning Facilitator

Rachel Mason

Learning Producer

For exhibition or residency enquiries, please email programme@fact.co.uk

For schools or learning programme enquiries, please email learning@fact.co.uk

For enquiries about hiring our spaces or our Community Cinema programme, please email events@fact.co.uk

Visitor Services

Joan Burnett

Visitor Services Manager

Jon Couch

Visitor Service Manager

Washington Buckley

Visitor Services Mediator

Ashin Gurung

Visitor Services Assistant

Jade Harris

Visitor Services Assistant

Ashleigh Sands

Visitor Services Assistant

Iona Wearing

Visitor Services Assistant

For visitor services, please email info@fact.co.uk

Marketing & Communications Team

Jess Fairclough

Marketing & Communications Manager

Carl Davies

Video Production Manager

Gina Schwarz

Marketing & Communications Officer

Josh Barrow

Marketing & Communications Officer

For press or media enquiries, please email press@fact.co.uk

For enquiries about our Video Production services, please email carl.davies@fact.co.uk

Development Team

Rosalind Stockill

Head of Development

Julia Youngman

Development Officer

For development or donation enquiries, please email rosalind.stockill@fact.co.uk

Building Operations

Patrick Mussard

Operations Manager

Peter Brown

Operations Coordinator

Alistair Savage

Security Officer

David Hope

Security Officer

Julie Britto

Cleaning Supervisor

Diane Kirby

Cleaning Operative

Klaudia Drzensla

Cleaning Operative

Leslie Green

Cleaning Operative

Sharron Foster

Cleaning Operative